Be a Certified Data Protection Officer: FDPPI-DNV program to commence on June 17

Cyber Law College which is the training partner of FDPPI (Foundation of Data Protection Professionals in India) is launching the next online program for “Certified Data Protection Professional” from June 17, 2023.

The program is being conducted on behalf of FDPPI and DNV-GL who will provide certifications for the participants and those who take an online examination.

The program will consist of 24 hours of online discussion on Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm as per the following schedule.

The training will be followed by an optional online Examination which will be optional.

All participants will be given “Participation Certificates” in the name of FDPPI and DNV-GL . Those who take the examination and complete it successfully will be provided the Certificate as “Certified Data Protection Professional” and would be featured in the “Register of Data Protection Professionals” created by FDPPI.

The Fee for the program is Rs 35000/- (Inclusive of GST)

Examination fee for Certification is Rs 6000/- (Inclusive of GST)

(If examination is taken along with the training, the total fee would be Rs 40000/- inclusive of GST)

The maintenance of the entry in the “Register of Data Protection Professionals” and complimentary membership (Basic No Voting) of FDPPI would be as per the rules of renewal by FDPPI.

Currently FDPPI is charging Rs 5000 and Rs 9000/- for entry into Level 2and 3 of the Register . Basic membership (Non Voting) is offered for Rs 6000/- (inclusive of GST) Those who go through this program and pass the examination will be eligible for waiver of the fee for Basic membership and registration in this register either at Level 2 or at Level 3 .

The total number of participants in this group may be limited. Hence early registration should help.

Early bird discount: For registration upto 31st May 2023. Waiver of Examination fee waived.

Kindly register if interested here with payment.

Course on Cyber Law extended to Digital India Act

Cyber Law College has been conducting Cyber Law Course, details of which are available on This is now been extended to the new Digital India Act that has been announced by the Government now. According to the announcement made by the Government, the draft of the new Digital India Act would be available in June 2023 and it will be discussed during this course as an extension.

This course will therefore be updating the professionals right from the day the draft is available.

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Indian Register of Data Protection Professionals

FDPPI has so far certified 44 Data Protection Officers besides over hundred professionals who have completed individual modules of the Certification program. They are presently maintained as members of an exclusive DPO club.

Now FDPPI is creating an “Indian Register of Data Protection Professionals” which will consist of all professionals who exhibit a designated level of knowledge related to being a Data Protection Professional in India.

While FDPPI will continue to conduct training programs to develop these skills, direct claim to the entry into these registers will be open to those who are self trained or trained organizations other than FDPPI.

There will be three categories of registration. First category would be based on Self declaration of capability. For this purpose, the experience would also be a criteria. Second category would be based on getting trained through accredited FDPPI programs. The third category is for those passing the FDPPI examination.

All the persons who have currently been in the FDPPI DPO club will be considered as Registered members of level 2 and they need not pay any fees for entry into this register.

New Persons will be registered on the basis of self declaration (watch out for full information in the following announcement) at a fee of Rs 3000/- (Inclusive of GST) as Category-1 registrants.

Those who go through the training programs of FDPPI would be eligible for registration at Category- 2. If they pass the online examination, they will be eligible for Category-3 registration.

Fees for Caegory-2 would be Rs 5000 (inclusive of GST) and Fees for Category 3 would be Rs 9000/-(inclusive of GST). Category-3 registrants are expected to match the requirements to be specified by the Indian Data Protection Board for conducting annual and concurrent Data Audits.

FDPPI may waive the initial registration fee/bundle it with the training fee as it may desire from time to time for those who attend the paid Certification programs. (Eg: Training starting on June 17 where training and examination fee is Rs 40000/-includes the Category 3 registration fee of Rs 9000).

All registrations are renewable once in 3 years at a renewal fee of 50% of the cost of registration now indicated . (Subject to modification)

Since this register is meant to keep track of the skills required on an ongoing basis, the entries will get de-activated if not renewed. Renewal is once in 3 years and will involve a limited online refresher quiz. The renewal fee would be announced by FDPPI in due course.

Those of you who want to include your name in the register may kindly provide the details here.

Indian National Register of Data Protection Professionals

Indian National Register of Data Protection Professionals

This is a register of Data Protection Professionals in India maintained by FDPPI based on the demonstrated skill sets relevant for Data Protection professionals.

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Data Privacy Pledge

FDPPI is embarking on celebration of the International Data Privacy Day 2023 with a unique project to obtain a “Data Privacy Pledge” from the community.

Those who take the pledge would be issued a certificate as below.

The pledge can be taken at this URL:

The pledge reads as follows:

Pledge of Data Privacy

On the occasion of International Data Privacy Day 2023,  I hereby take a voluntary pledge to uphold the cause of “Privacy as a Human Right” by taking all steps necessary for Protection and Privacy of Personal data which I shall come across in my Professional and Personal life with due regard to the Principles of Fairness and Lawfulness of processing.

In particular:

I shall adhere to the requirement of obtaining informed consent of the data principals whose personal information comes within my control and shall use, disclose such information only as per the choice of the data principal and in accordance with the applicable laws.

I shall adhere to the principle of Minimal and  purpose oriented Collection of personal data and shall ensure that it shall be shared only on a need to know basis.

I shall take necessary steps to stop using personal information if the purpose for which it came into my possession has been completed.

I shall take necessary steps to ensure that the personal data is kept updated from time to time.

I shall not disclose the personal information except as provided under law or in the genuine interest of the individual or the community.

I shall at all times take steps to ensure the security of the personal data from unauthorized access or modification or denial of access for authorized purposes.

I shall take all necessary steps to comply with the data protection law with regard to reporting of data breach or any other requirement of compliance.

I shall endeavour to keep myself aware of the data protection laws and also spread awareness in my organization and with my professional and personal contacts.


P.S: The pledge document would be available upto February 18, 2023.

FDPPI thanks the team of Dr Anirban Ghosh, Sathyavageeswaran, Ramesh Kauta and Subbarayudu Tallapragada for facilitating this “Data Privacy Pledge” as a concept.

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FDPPI as a Federation of Data Protection Consultants

Digital Personal Data Protection Bill 2022 is here.  It is time for organizations to start planning for compliance.

FDPPI is preparing itself to meet the demand for Consultancy regarding Data Protection Compliance in India by setting up a separate division to provide the services.

For this purpose FDPPI will be providing an affiliation to the Federation of Data Protection Consultants (FDPC) and provide a platform for rendering the services by accredited service providers.

FDPPI will continue its activities as a Privacy Advocacy platform and the consultancy would be undertaken by FDPC.  Every member of FDPC needs to be affiliated to FDPPI.

Accreditation will be based on application and review by the Board. A fee will be prescribed for accreditation. The accreditation fee will be waived upto December 31, 2022 for  supporting members and corporate members.

An appropriate accreditation form will be available for application.

FDPC will be managed as a profit center by a designated professional.



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FDPPI as a Banyan Tree Model

FDPPI is dedicated as a Not for profit organization to render various activities related to Data Protection.

However, FDPPI is an organization which has adopted the banyan model of development where we will encourage multiple branches to grow and establish routes of their own so that the banyan tree is supported by many. Presently the stem is represented by the patron members who have dedicated themselves to the development of FDPPI. In due course other supporting members are expected to start developing themselves into supporting the tree by becoming its aerial routes that grow into the ground.

The Banyan tree is expected to be eternal and even after the trunk is lost, the tree will survive. FDPPI is one such organization which has to grow indefinitely.

In tune with this policy, FDPPI is in the process of re-launching its Consultancy operations under a special Data Protection Compliance Consultancy window. This window will be headed by a professional as a “Profit Center Manager”. Under the plan, the surplus generated by the division will be shared with the Profit Center manager as a variable revenue.




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The New Data Protection Bill of India

The Government of India has released a draft of the “Digital Personal Data Protection Bill 2022” (DPDPB 2022) for public comments on 18th November 2022.

The draft will be open for public comments upto 17th December 2022. The Government may present the Bill in the Parliament in the February session.

FDPPI will be submitting its detailed comments on the Bill in due course.

Some analysis of the Bill may be found in which may be of interest to the professionals in the industry.


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Neuro rights information from Naavi now available on this Android App

The contents of this website are now easily accessible on Google play store for Android phones. The link is below.


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IDPS 2022 concludes

The three day summit IDPS 2022, the flagship program of FDPPI concluded yesterday. A detailed report on the summit is available here.

One of the major outcomes of the seminar is the thrust given to advocacy of Neuro Rights Legislation in India. For this purpose a division of FDPPI will work exclusively.

A report on some of the major suggestions that have come up during the seminar which are relevant to the new Data Protection Act being drafted by the Government of India will also be sent in a few days.

FDPPI thanks all those who have directly and indirectly contributed to the successful conduct of the seminar.

The videos of the seminar will be available through the platform itself ( for some more time and thereafter it would be made available at the FDPPI repository.

Interested persons are requested to view the videos on the platform during the next week and submit their feedback to help us improve it in the coming years.




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